Lemon pleurobranch

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Lemon pleurobranch
Lemon pleurobranch Berthellina granulata DSC02963.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Pleurobranchomorpha
Superfamily: Pleurobranchoidea
Family: Pleurobranchidae
Subfamily: Pleurobranchinae
Genus: Berthellina
Species: B. granulata
Binomial name
Berthellina granulata
(Krauss, 1848)
Synonyms[1]

Pleurobranchus granulatus Krauss, 1848
Berthella granulata (Krauss, 1848)
Oscaniella granulata (Krauss, 1848)

The lemon pleurobranch (Berthellina granulata) is a species of sea slug, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Pleurobranchidae.

Description[edit]

The lemon pleurobranch is a small smooth oval pleurobranch. The animal is yellow- to orange-coloured and often has white spots. There are two rolled rhinophores joined at their bases on the head. Like all other sidegill slugs, there is a single gill on the right hand side of the body.

The animal grows up to 40 mm in total length.[2]

Distribution[edit]

This animal has been found off the whole southern African coast and is known throughout the Indo-Pacific to Hawaii.[3]

Ecology[edit]

The species is thought to be a scavenger. Its egg mass is an upright orange collar of one whorl.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sartori, André F. (2015). Berthellina granulata (Krauss, 1848). In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=765064 on 2016-10-22
  2. ^ GOSLINER, T.M. 1987. Nudibranchs of Southern Africa ISBN 0-930118-13-8
  3. ^ GOSLINER, T.M. 1987. Nudibranchs of Southern Africa ISBN 0-930118-13-8

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